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INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: On Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. area educators are invited to attend a special workshop on conducting outdoor field investigations. Participants will try a wide variety of hands-on activities that they, in turn, can use with their students. Activities are designed to sharpen skills in observation, questioning, and designing investigations. Additional activities involve wildlife monitoring and phenology (the timing of specific biological events- such as flowering, migration, and reproduction- in relation to changes in season and climate). Educators will utilize and receive materials from the Association of Fish &Wildlife Agencies' Toolkit for Conservation Education.
The workshop is suitable for teachers of all age groups, but is most suitable for those teaching grades 6 –12. It is conducted in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Great Lakes Research and Education Center, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and the Dunes Learning Center. The event will take place at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and is open to both formal and non-formal educators including teachers, pre-service teachers, home-schooling parents, naturalists, scout and youth leaders, and anyone who works with youth.
There is a $35 registration fee. Pre-registration is required and registration is limited. To register, visit: duneslearning